Readers Beware: This will ruin your childhood
When you think back to things you loved and held dear as a child, what comes to mind? Most likely: toys and games, television shows, and books. From Dr. Seuss to Magic Tree House to Goosebumps, a good childhood book sticks with you well into adulthood and eventually parenthood. Like you love the actors and actresses in your favorite movies, you loved the characters and authors of your favorite books.
The authors you love and idolize may not be as great as you think. Turns out… Some of the best, most respected children’s book authors were actually messed up people. The rose-colored-glasses image you have of your favorite authors might be shattered after this.
This famous rhymer is well-known for his witty and heartwarming characters from The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch. He taught us how to spell, how to have fun, and how to accept one another, but he may not have been so accepting himself.
A Dark Doctor
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, also had a career as a political cartoonist, and some of his political views are enough to make your skin crawl.
During World War II, he drew many anti-Nazi cartoons and racially charged anti-Japanese propaganda. He also drew caricatures of African American men tied off with racial slurs.
Roald Dahl brought a number of characters into existence for young readers, including The BFG and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, but his adult writings reveal some of the not-so-subtle beliefs he held.